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Last Updated: Tuesday, 18 April 2006, 16:17 GMT 17:17 UK
Tuesday, 18 April, 2006
By Gavin Esler
Producer, BBC Newsnight

How much? Some doctors earn up to 250,000
Presented by Gavin Esler


Reform of the NHS has reached a "crunch point" according to the Prime Minister.

As some GPs are revealed to be earning as much as 250,000 - with the average a more modest 94,000 per annum - Tony Blair promised he would "hold his nerve" to push through structural changes in the NHS to increase patient choice.

Baffled by all this? Many of us are. What do structural changes really mean for you and me? What has been changed so far?

And - to quote the leader of the Opposition David Cameron on what he called a "huge mystery" at the heart of British politics - how can the government "have spent quite so much money... and yet today we have got thousands of people facing the sack and we have got hospitals facing closure and vast deficits... ?"

Newsnight tonight will explain the reforms - and what happens next. Plus the Health Minister will join us live and respond to the views of critics of the reform programme, including an economist who wants to see more market forces at work, and a trade unionist who wants to see less.

The best job in football? The worst?

Who would be England manager? After the World Cup we know who it will NOT be - Sven Goran Eriksson.

The FA promised we'd know the name of Sven's successor before the finals kick off in Germany. But with the clock ticking, who is in the running?

Newsnight asked one of the wisest heads in the game - Garth Crooks - to assess who is in with a realistic chance of becoming England manager.

Eastwood village

A clutch of politicians - and the Rowntree Trust - have warned that the British National Party poses a significant electoral threat to mainstream politics in this country.

Whether that's true - or just a political scare story ahead of the local elections - we'll find out when voters go to the polls at the beginning of May.

But Newsnight tonight will return to Eastwood Village in Rotherham for a portrait of what much of urban Britain looks like today - a mixture of races, faiths and cultures living cheek by jowl.

Newsnight is on BBC TWO at 10.30.

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